From February 24th until March 3rd, people currently playing the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ can participate in a survey being conducted by Square Enix. The survey asks questions about your experience playing the game, what you feel could be improved, and what medals you would like to see in the future. Upon completion of the survey, players will receive 600 jewels to be used in-game. Also during this time, all AP costs for missions will be halved.
You can fill out the survey here.
If you plan on completing the survey, you can find a translation of the questions/responses below thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong.
Q1: Please enter your User ID number
Q2: Please select your gender
Q3: Please select your age range
Q4: Please tell us your occupation.
-Company employee (i.e. full time, salaryman)
Q5: If you answered 'Other' for Q4, please elaborate below. (255 characters max)
Q6: Please tell us what OS you use to play.
-I don't know
Q7: Please tell us what device model you use to play. (255 characters max)
Q8: What other hardware do you use to play games?
Q9: When did you start playing Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ?
-Since the beginning (September 2015)
Q10: How did you find out about Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ?
-Saw it on a news site
-Saw it on the official home page
-Saw it on a social network or blog
-Saw a magazine article
-Heard from a friend
-Saw a TV commercial
-Saw it in the app store
Q11: If you answered 'Other' for Q10, please elaborate below. (255 characters max)
Q12: Do you follow the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Twitter account?
Q13: How do you get your Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ news?
-From the official website
-From the official Twitter
-Another news site
Q14: If you answered 'Other' for Q13, please elaborate below. (255 characters max)
Q15: Do you know the people you play Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ with?
Q16: Have you performed a data transfer?
-I don't know how
Q17: What aspects of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ do you enjoy? (You may select multiple choices)
-The Kingdom Hearts story
-The Disney worlds and characters
-Collecting and evolving medals
-Playing the main quest
-Customizing your avatar
-Individual Lux rankings
-Party Lux rankings
Q18: If you also selected 'Other', please elaborate below on what you enjoy in the game. (255 characters max)
Q19: Please choose how much you agree with the statement "I am a Disney fan".
Q20: What medals do you want to see? Please answer below. (255 characters max)
Q21: What events do you want to see? Please answer below. ( 255 characters max)
Q22: Do you want to see collaborative events with other apps?
Q23: If you answered 'Yes' to Q22, which apps would you like to see collaborative events with? (255 characters max)
Q24: Please tell us what aspects of gameplay you like. (510 characters max)
Q25: Please tell us what aspects of gameplay you dislike. (510 characters max)
Q26: Please leave any other feedback. (510 characters max)
Feel free to discuss your answers in the comments below!
- Feb 23 2016 03:38 PM
- by Toominator
Pre-orders for new goods opened up in the Square Enix store today, including a collection of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ mobile phone cases. The three iPhone 6 cases feature gold and silver motifs, and will ship on March 5th. The cost for one is 4,100 Yen, or about $35 USD. This is the latest piece of Unchained χ merchandise, after the Chirithy plush previously shown at Jump FESTA 2016. You can check out the cases below:
- Feb 06 2016 07:03 AM
- by Katie Armstrong
It's been over a month since the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ commercial launched in Japan, and it seems that the commercial has aired not just on television, but even at Japanese Train Stations. Twitter users @mas402 and @sawa3056 were able to capture footage from a Japanese Train Station on the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ advertisement which you can check out below.
Even though no news on the English release has been provided yet, we can expect to see more news in the upcoming months in 2016 for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and it's English release. Are you happy to see Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ being promoted in Japan this big? Let us know in the comments below!
- Jan 04 2016 06:50 PM
- by Jake
As Jump Festa 2016 went on from December 19th through the 20th in Japan (18th through 19th in the U.S.), an all new (never before seen) Chirithy plush was displayed for attendees to see. For those of you who don't know who Chirithy is, Chirithy is the cat-like dream eater in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ who guides the player through the game as they advance through the story. Multiple pictures of the new Chirithy plush were taken from Jump Festa and can be seen below.
If you got the opportunity to purchase this Chirithy plush, would you buy it? What are your thoughts on the plush? Let us know in the comments below!
- Dec 20 2015 01:49 PM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ updated to Version 1.1.0 on 7 December 2015, bringing further upgrades for Keyblades, the Strength Bangle, and various UI updates. Due to the large content of this update, you must install the update from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. For iOS, you'll simply need to log in with your Japanese Apple ID within the Apple App Store and download the update from there. For Android users, please follow this guide.
You can read translations of the update notes below thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong.
What do you think of these new updates for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments below!
Daily Quest Updates
Huey, Dewey and Louie medals will now drop more often in the Premium Quests.
Adamant Challenge has been added! Boost your Keyblades to +21!
Upright and Reverse Medal Slots have been added to each Keyblade at +21! In addition to Power/Speed/Magic alignment, these slots will grant various boosts to Upright or Reverse Medals.
(In the example image shown above, Slot 1 grants a x1.40 bonus to Magic medals, but if the medal is both Magic and Upright, it is a x1.60 bonus.)
Upon completing the main quest and obtaining the 'Strength Bangle', orbing a 6* medal will have a chance to boost it's power even further. This is your medal's Guilt bonus. This Guilt bonus may boost further at random when the medal is used.
Performance optimization should reduce the number of time-out errors.
Various UI updates, tutorial updates, bug fixes and help page updates have been implemented.
- Dec 07 2015 06:53 AM
- by Katie Armstrong
A new Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ commercial has released today in Japan. The commercial shows a girl wielding the Starlight Keyblade as she appears to be travelling through the 2D version of the Disney worlds, Wonderland, Agrabah and Dwarf Woodlands, as seen in the game. We then see some in game footage that showcases Unchained χ style of gameplay and the commercial ends with the player enjoying the app. You can check out the commercial below:
Have you played Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ yet? What are your thoughts on Square Enix's new commercial? Leave your responses in the comment section below!
- Jan 31 2016 06:20 PM
- by Churro
A calendar has been released for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ by Square Enix Members Japan. This calendar is for December 2015. You can check out the calendar below in all sizes for PC, Android & iPhone/iOS.
- Nov 29 2015 11:56 PM
- by Jake
A new mysterious item known as a ‘strength bundle’ can be obtained at the beginning of December in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ which allows players access to brand new six-star strength medals to be used in combat. The medals' abilities will be increased dramatically and will unlock the sixth level of the medals' true power.
You will be able to equip a full deck of six star medals to the Keyblade from the 19th November 20:00 (JST) and Square Enix will also begin to add villain and darkness ‘reverse’ medals, which include the Wicked Witch disguise medal. These medals can be used alongside the more powerful silver and gold ‘upright medals’.
In preparation for the new ‘strength bundle’ the deck cost for the Keyblades increased dramatically, with the addition of a special avatar board. The bonuses on the board can be obtained through collecting jewels in daily challenges and as a usual login bonus. In addition, Cid medals will be given out more frequently with campaigns and events.
There is a chance to obtain more synthesis medals, sold medals and progression medals. These can be obtained through purchasing the 3000 jewel prize draw and the 1400 jewel draw available once per week. (Players who bought these will already have these medals unlocked.) These can be also be gained through the ‘All Daily Quests Open Until Sunday’ bonus and brand new quests that allow you to obtain a Cid medal everyday.
It appears we are going to receive the most exciting story update yet! In this monthly update, Unchained χ will tell Olympus Coliseum's final chapter by introducing familiar Disney characters and the Underworld to the story. The story will also begin to introduce the mysterious character Ephemera from Japan’s web based counterpart [Chi].
Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for full translations of the original article. The translations and images from the article can be found below:
KHUx Development News #2
Thank you for always using [KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained x]!
To all of you who explore every nook and cranny of the contents of this game, we would like to introduce to you a new update related to medal growth.
-New “Power” Strength Bundle! (Starting sometime in the first ten days of December onward)
Along with the added content for continuing the main quest in December, a mystery item, “Strength Bundle,” will be obtainable.
Once you've got the Strength Bundle, you can open new strength for your medals--up to six stars.
By combining the same medals, you'll unlock the sixth level of ability strength for medal growth, and your abilities will drastically be strengthened.
*We suggest that you strength the abilities of your favorite medals.
-”Two Types of Medals” --Their true strength is unleashed! ( Starting sometime in the first ten days of December onward)
Hereafter, “Villains” and “Darkness” characters' “reversal medals” will be added in order.
“Keyblade Abilities” that draw out one's true power will be unleashed from the silver and gold “Upright Medals” that make up most of the current medals, as well as from the black “Reversal medals.”
-Now you can equip five six-star medals in your deck! (Starting 11/19 at 8pm)
Because of the deck cost limitations up to this point, you could create a deck mixed with six and five-star medals, but in preparation for the “Strength Bundle,” a new “Special Avatar Board” will be added to let you equip a deck of all six-star medals by expending jewels.
By obtaining jewels by logging in and completing the daily jewel challenges, you can dominate the “Special Avatar Board.”
In addition, we'd like to inform you that upcoming campaigns and events will make the “Cid” card, which lowers medal costs, easier to get.
Use these features to make an even stronger deck than before.
-Development of an accelerating story! (From the end of November onward)
In the latter half of November, we plan to add on to the main story as is necessary.
You'll get the concluding episode of Olympus Coliseum!
And who is the mysterious new character who appeared in Daybreak Town?
-A new quest added to help medal growth! (Starting 11/19 at 8pm)
In order to add six-star medals to your deck, even more synthesis medals are needed.
If you purchase the “1400 Jewel” bonus available once a week, in addition to the “Total Jewel 3000” bonus and the “All Daily Quests Open Until Sunday” bonus, a new special quest that allows you to obtain synthesis medals, sold medals, and progression medals all at once, as well as a new quest that allows you to get Cid every day, will be unlocked.
*Players who have already bought it this week will already have it unlocked.
Use these special quests to perfect your deck.
Please look forward to what's to come for [KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained x]!
Are you looking forward to the upcoming updates of Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments section below!
- Nov 19 2015 11:22 AM
- by SnowPint7Fourths
On November 3rd, Square Enix & Disney held an event dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. Throughout the event, new footage relating to the Kingdom Hearts series was shown to everyone who attended the event, along with a few extra surprises. While those who couldn't attend the event cannot view any of the footage from the event, Square Enix released a few screenshots from the new footage, along with fans sharing their impressions on all the events that took place at the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.
Below you can check out all articles, screenshots, and fan impressions from the event.
- New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
- New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
- New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
- Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
- Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary
Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.
Thanks to @kh_primavera, and translations by News Team member Rin, you can check out fan impressions on the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.
KH Theater - General Outline:
Opening (CM videos of products that have been released)
Greetings from Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone
Greetings from Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto
Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
Live performance of: [Dearly] Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
Short talk by Shimomura and Nakayama
Tetsuya Nomura presenting the latest information
KH HD 2.8 new information: Ven, Aqua, and Terra’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
KH3 new information: Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
New KH3 trailer presented (mainly battle scenes)
Limited KH3 making video presented
King Mickey in KH attire appears as a special guest
Mr. Justin, Mr. Hashimoto, Ms. Shimomura, Mr. Nomura, and King Mickey photo session
Ending (video with each character’s lines and Hikaru Utada’s “Hikari” BGM)
KHx - new world,“Beast Castle (from 11/5)
KHUx - new stronger medals and avatars (from 11/3 18:00)
KH HD 2.8 - latest trailer. King Mickey, Riku, Kairi, and Yen Sid must find Ven, Terra, and Aqua in order to gather the 7 Guardians of Light. From there, King Mickey says he met Aqua in the Ream of Darkness when he was there. Afterwards, battle scene with Aqua was presented.
KH3 - latest trailer. Starts with the conversation between young Xehanort and young Eraqus previously released. There’s more to the convo this time than before (I feel like there were things I’d never heard before, like creating Kingdom Hearts out of competing lights…)
After that, Sora’s battle scenes began to run. Worlds presented: Tangled, Twilight Town, Mysterious Tower, etc. Sora used BBS’s action system (shotlock command) and KH3D’s action system (free-flow action).
About the new attraction flow: some of it is my own impression, but it kinda looked like it was based on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.
There was one scene that showed the detailed motions of feet being soaked in a river.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s new abilities were also shown (footage of the 3 of them sitting on Goofy’s shield and attacking was presented).
Limited making movie - Olympus Coliseum (in production) was shown. In KH2 it was a world of spirits, in KH3, I’m not super positive, but it’s probably going to be made with heaven as the main. (Olympus Coliseum’s appearance in KH3 is unknown to begin with.)
Also, a 3D Daybreak Town (in production) was shown. (Whether this world will be in KH3 or not is unknown.)
The new Nobody’s bottom half looked like flower petals, and it used to a sickle to attack. (I remember Nomura said that people who have played KH will know who this Nobody is.)
Some Heartless that look like advanced forms of Yellow Opera were also shown.
Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (email@example.com), you can read fan impressions from FF-Reunion.net.
KH: [D23EJ] Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Report!
Today from Maihama Ikspiari, we have a report of the [Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater]. The event programs are as follows:
-Greetings from the higher-ups at Disney, Justin Scarpone and Mr. Hashimoto
-Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama held a piano performance (Songs: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion)
-Comments from the voice actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryotaro Okiayu, Koki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Risa Uchida, and Mamoru Miyano
-New trailers for KH0.2BbS, KhxBackCover, and KH3, no new worlds shown. New heartless appeared, KH3 creation process opened to public.
[KH Premuim Theater Opening]
-After entering the theater, we were given wristbands. Mr. Hashimoto was also at the theater entrance. Inside the KH Premium Theater before the event began, the screen had the [KINGDOM HEARTS Premium Theater] logo!
-There was a keyblade in front of the screen. Then there was an announcement. No recording the trailers, taking any video, or any photography was allowed during the event. According to the event's twitter, this was all in order not to ruin things for the second round of guests, and the ban would be lifted at 17:00.
-First, Tetsuya Nomura opened, and Nakamura said, “I'll speak while looking at the cue cards.” It was revealed that on 11/5, Beast's Castle would be a new world for KHx, and that from 18:00, the “Mickey Coordinate” event would start, with a KH2 Mickey present on 11/4 at 4:00!
-[Below are excerpts from the voice actor's comments about the PV]
Toyoguchi: Aqua's last line “we're connected” did not go well, and we had to do a lot of takes for it. My heart was starting to break. Recording for 2.8 isn't finished yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Okiayu: The first time I met Uchiyama, I met him with the same way Terra felt: “He's Ven!” The line that left a lasting impression on me was what I said to Otsuka, “What did you do to his heart?!”
Uchiyama: In regards to Roxas, despite not being able to feel that my own world was real, I felt at that time (as a middle school student) that just like me, Roxas was real. In regards to Ven, I went on to give out such cheerfulness that I don't really have. At first, recording felt more like playing around than work.
-A new trailer for [KH0.2BbS]! The King, Riku, and Kairi stand before YenSid. He says, “The fight with Xehanort is near. We must assemble the seven wielders of light to protect the seven hearts of pure light. In order to do that, it is indispensable that we call back the three keyblade wielders who were lost to the tragedies of long ago: Ventus, Terra, and Aqua.” Then, the King says to Riku and Kairi, “I met (?) in the Realm of Darkness.” (Picture: Aqua from behind in the Realm of Darkness)
-The [KhxBackCover] trailer was the team's logos on stained glass with voices only. A man said, “Lost (?? couldn't hear the dialogue) piece missing from the Foretellers will enter.” A woman said, “Someone has the full story of the Foretellers, and the person who has that is the traitor?” A second man said, “The darkness is indeed on the move. I can't think that there is a traitor among us.” A second woman said, “We're not for sure that there's a traitor among us, right?” The first man says, “The missing piece of the story tell us of the traitor.”
-[KHDDD] trailer came next. It was the scene where Xehanort explains things in the dream world. The King and Riku take hands and the trailer said, “Someday, with your strength...” There was the scene with Tron falling, and the scene with Riku confronting Ansem (“Ansem! You've become a part of my heart...”). There was also the scene where Sora takes Namine's hand, only to have her face turn into Xion, as well as Riku fighting the person in the black coat. It showed Sora fighting Braig (“Our hearts are connected--that's my strength!”). The modeling for KHDDD was really pretty! It seems just like a remake, perhaps because it was taken from the 3DS to the PS4 in HD.
-There was a new trailer for [KH3]. It was the full scene from the beginning of KH3 with young Eraqus and Xehanort! [The music was a piano version of [The 13th Side].)
X: Do you know about the Keyblade war?
E: Of course.
X: Long ago, when keyblade wielders tried to steal away the light.
E: I've heard it again and again from the Master.
X: I wonder what they wanted to do, using the light they stole to summon Kingdom Hearts.
E: Who knows...I can't understand the reason why the fight happened in the first place.
X: Have you heard of the Lost Masters? They started the Keyblade war.
E: Never heard of it, where did you hear that from?
X: No, was it for their sake, I wonder...
E: I don't get it.
X: You know the truth, right?
E: About what?
X: That at that time, light was defeated by the darkness. I guess you as a candidate for Master wouldn't know.
E: I guess.
X: You can see it with your own eyes. It's already decided, the end of the world.
E: It'd be boring if the end was already decided. If the darkness is supposed to win, I'll rewrite the ending.
X: You're pretty confident. But aren't you at a disadvantage?
E: Light is different from darkness, because it's not just something you can see. We won't know until the end.
X: I'm looking forward to it.
-There was a KH3 trailer (music: Rage Awakened). Sora, Donald and Goofy battled Heartless that looked like dandelions in front of Rapunzel's tower, then it cut to a new part with new Nobodies that look like flowers with about eight legs?, that would separate and lift into the air while spinning (I saw this during the making video, but the keyblade looked like Marluxia). Nomura said this about the new Nobodies: “These nobodies will make you imagine someone specific. People with good intuition might get it.” It showed a new weapon for Sora. In an area that looked like a valley, Sora was able to lock on to about 10 Heartless (the lock on speed is very fast, about 1.5 seconds!) and teleport around while attacking. It was really cool!
-There was a new attraction flow for [KH3]! It showed a vehicle kind of like a space ship?, where all three had a launching pad. It was called “Shooting ride.” After invoking AF, it turns into FPS mode and you can attack the enemies! (When it turns to FPS mode, the outline of goggles appears on the screen, giving you the image of playing a FPS game with goggles on)
-While fighting Heartless in [KH3], there were points where Sora would fall into the river and scream as he slid down. The river looked really pretty! It seems the Heartless can also chase you down the river. When attacking the Heartless that resemble bells (the ones well known in the KH series), they can affect the environment around you, and they can attack that way.
-There was a [KH2 Making] video presentation by Nomura! He said, “We're developing each of the worlds. Since the developers are still working, we can't show you any new worlds, but I was able to bring this in-production (making) video here today.” When the new Nobodies (shaped like flowers? They resemble Marluxia) attack, they rain down red flower petals. (The drawing below is simplified, but this is the basic idea)
-What Nomura showed us next in the [KH3 making] video was a 3D version of Daybreak Town that hasn't been used in KH so far, but they might use it in KH3 or something. I understand that the movement of light makes the buildings move.
-Next in the [KH3 making] video was a making of [Olympus]. Olympus is set up in the heavens, and it looks very divine, with the buildings reflected on the floor it was very pretty! There were buildings in the clouds, and between the clouds were the buildings of Olympus hidden away, making it a very mysterious location! Perhaps because of the use of light, the shading makes it look very three-dimensional!
-The other parts of the [KH3 making] were shots of different Heartless with no backgrounds (Heartless with hats, bell-shaped Heartless' effects) showing their movements, etc. Nomura said, “There will be other Heartless, but they are spoilers so I can't show them. Just by looking at them you'll be able to figure out the worlds.”
-There was a [0.2BbS] making video. It was a great display of running around in the darkness and Aqua fighting off Heartless!
-In [KH3], Sora, Donald, and Goofy can ride Goofy's shield. Riding the shield like that lets you fly! Also, there's going to be a large snake-like enemy to fight.
-At the end, there was a special PV they showed us called “King Mickey Scene Mash-Up]! Just when I was thinking how it was cool just to hear the music full of the King...King Mickey came out on stage, as well as Nomura and Shimomura, and they walked around the theater greeting guests! They were shaking hands and giving hi-fives!
-Everyone involved got on stage: King Mickey, Nomura, Shimomura, and Hashimoto looked full of energy!
-The last PV was a mash-up of scenes from each game. Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, Ven...and so on were in the last scene and climax, showing their goodbyes, reunions, and connections in their hearts... Everything was connected in fragments, and it was beautiful and left an impression. It made my heart feel warm...and I cried.
-It was a wonderful KH event! There were a lot of clips, and I'm surprised at the quality! It seems some of the trailers were ones only shown at this theater, but I hope they release the other trailers soon!
Lastly, you can check out tweets from the event, thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the translations, and thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the original tweets.Spoiler
With the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater passing by, as well as all of the D23 Expo Japan event, there are 2 major events left of 2015: Jump Festa 2016 and PlayStation Experience 2015. While Kingdom Hearts has not been confirmed for any of these events yet, there is a small chance of Kingdom Hearts appearing at these events. If any Kingdom Hearts news appears as these events are starting, we will let you know!
- Nov 15 2015 07:28 PM
- by Jake
After the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, held on November 3rd, 2015, Famitsu Weekly published an article detailing almost every aspect of the special D23 event. Take the time to read about the new details from Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and read special messages from the Japanese voice actors of the series! Thanks to News Team member Rin for the translations!
To celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event “D23 Expo Japan 2015,” a “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” was held on November 3, 2015, at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari.
Another super-duper Disney Resort KH event
As previously reported, the “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” event took place on November 3, 2015, to celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event, “D23 Expo Japan 2015.” The Theater event took place at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari, located in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture.
Among other things during this rather lively event, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura introduced recent footage and developments, composer Yoko Shimomura gave a piano performance, and voice actors shared video messages.
What follows is a report of this “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.” Please note that photographs are few, but words are aplenty.
Opening the event was a retrospective on the [Kingdom Hearts] series done through promotional videos for each title. Afterwards, Walt Disney Company Asia and Disney Interactive Asia’s senior vice president and general manager, Justin Scarpone, appeared on stage to share that the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped 21 million units worldwide and is one of the most successful games in Disney’s long history. “I hope you’ll enjoy to the very end this special experience meant just for Kingdom Hearts fans,” Scarpone said at the start of the event.
Following Scarpone, Kingdom Hearts series executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, took the stage. Hashimoto expressed his gratitude for an event such as this that allows him to meet with fans directly. He also introduced the series’ smartphone application released in September, Kingdom Hearts: Unchainedχ[chi], and urged fans to give it a try. “Today, we will be able to share new information, so please look forward to it,” he said.
Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
First on the program for this event was a piano performance by Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura and pianist Hiroyuki Nakayama. Three songs––“Dearly Beloved,” “The Other Promise,” and “Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion”––were performed. Shimomura and Nakayama, each with their own pianos, played new arrangements in a piano duet form. Audience members listened quietly and attentively.
Following the performance was a talk given by Shimomura and Nakayama. They first met during auditions for the Kingdom Hearts piano arrangement album [recording] and have known each other for a rather long time. The pair got along quite well during the talk. However, at their very first recording session that started at midnight and took 4 hours, Shimomura kept saying, “One more time,” and wouldn’t give the OK, “so I cried in the bathroom” (Nakayama). In the end, Nakayama persisted and lived up to Shimomura’s demands, and in reminiscence, “it was because of that trial that we have a day like today” (Nakayama). Music is an indispensable element of the Kingdom Hearts series, so let’s all look forward to what Shimomura and Nakayama will be doing next.
Director Tetsuya Nomura also appears
Following the piano performance were the eagerly awaited developments. Since this event was called a “Premium Theater,” information was revealed through footage. Series director Tetsuya Nomura appeared on stage and explained the content himself.
For PC browser game Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], Beast Castle [appeared] as a new world beginning November 5. For the smartphone application Kingdom Hearts Unchainedχ[chi], beginning at 6:00pm on November 3, a new event called “Coordinate with Mickey" began]. In addition, those who [have been logging in] from November 4 at 4:00am and on, have each received a “King Mickey KHII Ver (★5)” medal.
New information on Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Kingdom Hearts III revealed
The next segment was the presentation of the latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PV. “I met Aqua in the Realm of Darkness” (King Mickey); “Someone has the complete Book of Prophecies, and that person’s the traitor” (Mysterious Figure) and other dialogue followed in rapid succession and stirred up anticipation! Before the PV, a video message from Megumi Toyoguchi (voice of Aqua), Ryoutarou Okiayu (voice of Terra), and Kouki Uchiyama (voice of Ventus and Roxas) was shared. You can read their comments below.
Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua)
I think the very first scene that I recorded as Aqua was the one together with Maleficient, and it was my first experience having a conversation with a Disney character. Disney character acting is “big” acting, so I remember that, at the beginning, the feeling of distance between the [Disney] character’s acting and me, and the difference in the scale of the acting, was a really tough game. But as you gradually continue, once you can create your character, you’ll know how much to “give,” and it becomes very fun to do.
One particularly memorable line is, when I said the final line as Aqua, “We’re connected” (English: “There’s always a way.”), I couldn’t really get it done right. I recorded it over and over so many times, and there must have been dozens of takes (bitter smile). I recorded so many times that I felt my heart was going to break into pieces, but at the very last moment, I got an OK, and I felt incredibly relieved. I’d never done so many takes, so that was memorable for me.
The Kingdom Hearts series are commonly played games, so I was very happy to have been able to take part in it. Prior to [Kingdom Hearts], I played Paine in FFX-2, but playing a character in Kingdom Hearts is different emotionally, so I was very happy about that. Actually, I’ve been playing [Birth by Sleep], but I haven’t finished Aqua’s story yet. Finishing it would bring sadness… even though I have gotten to the end. But, since there’s a sequel coming out, I think I can “beat the last boss.” That’s my mindset.
Within the 3 works is a new episode, and a new Kingdom Hearts is coming out, so I think you all are extremely excited about that, but I think I’m the one who’s most excited (laugh). I think I’m the very first to want to play it… should I play from the beginning, or should I play alongside Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep’s chronology? I haven’t begun recording (for KH 0.2 Bbs) yet, but I’m very excited to know how I’ll get to play Aqua, so I hope you all are excited as well.
Ryoutarou Okiayu (Terra)
I first performed in a promotional trailer, and after that, there wasn’t any news about recording lines for the actual title, so I thought, “So I didn’t get picked, huh?” I became quite anxious (laugh). Finally, I got to do the recording, and for the longest time it was just me alone… As you all well know, Terra goes on a journey to find Ven, but I couldn’t really meet Uchiyama-kun (voice of Ven) myself. The opportunity didn’t present itself, I suppose. When the time finally came, I thought, “Oh! So he’s Ven.” I put myself in Terra’s state of my mind and glanced at Uchiyama-kun (laugh).
For me, the most memorable line was saying to Mr. Chikao Ootsuka, “What did you do to his heart!?” That line was used in the trailer, right? That was a foreshadowing of what would happen in the game.
While recording, I thought about whether the story of these three people’s journey would continue after [Birth by Sleep]. When I was recording, I pictured the three of us being friends in the past, and at the time, I was able to fall into an illusion where I felt I was in a never-ending story.
To all of you KH fans, I think you’re waiting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue that will be released next year. I hear that the Birth by Sleep team will be able to talk a little about what happens from [Birth by Sleep] and on, so I’d like you to be excited. “Terra, what happened to him?” “We want Aqua to break out of that place.” “I wonder what happened to Ven… I wonder where Uchiyama-kun went?” (laugh). Along those lines, right? Please look forward to the next title.
Kouki Uchiyama (Ventus & Roxas)
About Roxas, should I say [he’s] life-sized…. this character called Roxas cannot feel that the world he lives in is real, and he doubts whether this is the real world. At that time when I was a middle school student, somehow I also thought the same. It hit home for me, or, it was a very real feeling for me. I injected the thoughts I had at that time into my lines, and in that way, I remember [the recording] being rather easy.
For Ven, I brought out cheerfulness and the strength to invigorate others. I don’t have those traits. Normally, I’m more quiet. It felt like I was adding things on top of what I didn’t have.
I don’t usually get involved with a single work from a series that is this long. I was young back then, so when I would get involved with a project and thought, “Okay, I’ll do it,” it wasn’t really work, but…. it’s kind of hard to say, but I remember, when I went to the studio, I thought of it as going in to play around, and then I said my lines. During KHII, I recorded lines together with Roxas’s friends, Hayner, Pence, and Olette (their voice actors). It felt like going to school, and I felt excited going into the studio. Time’s passed since then, and once again I’m in the same series, but as a different character in a different title. I’ve played various roles, and made so many memories...call it a life in 1 work or something. The series will probably continue on, I think, and I’m excited how I’ll be able to stay involved. I don’t want [my part] to end just yet.
The series will probably go on, huh. No one’s told me anything, so I’m looking forward to the future as all of you are. I ask for your continued support in the KH series.
“Making of Kingdom Hearts III” also shown
Following on the heels of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue were the latest developments on Kingdom Hearts III. This segment also began with video messages from voice actors.
Miyu Irino (Sora)
In these last dozen years or so, there have been parts where Sora and I have grown together, and parts where Sora and I have grown in different places. I wonder if these parts that have changed, together with the parts that haven’t, are how Sora has changed in the span of 15 years.
I’ve worked on the Kingdom Hearts series together with Mamoru Miyano, who plays Riku, and Risa Uchida, who plays Kairi, since we were all teens, and I can feel our incredibly strong bond, as if they’re really my childhood friends.
Before I was involved with Kingdom Hearts, I had a general sense of Disney’s Donald and Goofy, but now, when I see them at Disneyland or in movies, I feel something different in these characters. Like, they’re my friends. I feel really proud.
I really like the story of Roxas’s existence, and the scene in the second half of II where he and Sora melt together has left a great impression on me. I feel a closeness to him as well.
One memorable thing was singing “Under the Sea” in the Little Mermaid world. I was really happy that I didn’t sing it as karaoke, but rather, as my own song.
The memories of doing recording as a middle school student are linked with the memories of my middle school days, and I feel that [Kingdom Hearts] is a special work. Also, when I go abroad, people know me as doing voice acting for Kingdom Hearts, and I can sense the globalness even more.
There are more works coming for Kingdom Hearts, and there are plenty of works already available to look back on. I hope you’ll enjoy those until the sequel is here.
Risa Uchida (Kairi)
In the world of Kingdom Hearts, Kairi is light. I’ve performed my role with this in mind, but how to capture this light is different between now and before. To continue to stay in the light, one must be incredibly strong; I had felt that when I became an adult. Kairi, who has been able to stay in the light, is a wonderful child, and there are so many things I can learn from her.
Xion didn’t have a sense of self at the beginning, and gradually she was able to think for herself… representing this course of change was especially difficult. The anxiety of, “I’m just a nobody, aren’t I? I’m just a tool,” is something that I think everyone feels at one point, so I don’t think Xion is unusual in this regard. I thought it’d be great if I could embrace loneliness, anxiety and perform my role…. in the end, I felt quite sad, after all.
Sora is a beloved person who goes beyond romantic love and friendship. To Sora, Kairi is [his] light, but I think to Kairi, Sora is also her light. Kairi views Riku differently from Sora; I think she sees [Riku] as more of a big brother. In II, when Kairi grows into a person who can wield her Keyblade and fight, I can’t help but think that it must be because she’s watched Riku from behind. They cherish one another, and the three who are growing together are extremely special and amazing. I admire them very much.
When I accepted the audition, I had done a lot of stage work and thought that voice acting wasn’t my skill, so I wasn’t sure if I should challenge myself and try out. I had all this anxiety, but I received the script and fell in love with the world of Kingdom Hearts. I really wanted to enter into this world no matter what, and my passion grew. I thought, “Being able to be a part of this world is a once-in-a-lifetime and thrilling chance.” I want to keep growing more and more together with Kairi, so I want to thank you for your continued support.
Mamoru Miyano (Riku)
The Riku in Kingdom Hearts up until now has had to fight a long battle against the darkness within him. He’s atoned for it, and he’s mustered up the courage to fight against it. Growing into light’s existence has been his salvation, I think. The reality of overcoming this experience and fighting with his Keyblade in hand has been a big change, so I wanted to perform my role with all of that in mind.
There aren’t many jobs that I can participate in that have spanned as long as Kingdom Hearts has. [Kingdom Hearts] is a work that’s been with me every step in my entire acting life, so Riku’s existence is special. He’s growing, and I think I’ve also been growing a little bit, too. There’s a lot of deep emotion in [Riku’s] transformation.
To Riku, Sora is forever radiant, and his admiration for Sora has never changed. It’s been said that, because of Kairi, Riku was able to connect with Sora, so [Sora] is a special existence, isn’t he?
The time that I received the Kingdom Hearts role was around the same time that I began my voice acting career. I was young, but being able to act alongside my senior, Miyu Irino-kun, inside the studio was fun. I learned a lot, and that time was invaluable. This is my own whimsical thought, but I think Irino-kun and I are connected by a strong bond, like Sora and Riku are.
I want to cherish the Kingdom Hearts series together with all of you, and I ask for your continued support from here on out.
For the latest Kingdom Hearts III footage, an event-exclusive movie was revealed, featuring the full version of the conversation between two people playing what looks like a chess match (the one that begins with “Have you heard of the Ancient Keyblade War?”). Both seem to know something, but they do not utter it. They are friends, but they also appear to be rivals… their relationship is quite palpable.
In the action footage, new Heartless, a Nobody wielding a sickle, and a scene where [Sora] unleashes a Birth By Sleep shotlock-like attack from an attraction flow (a special technique that can be triggered under certain conditions), among other things, were present. New battle scenes were packed with action.
Tetsuya Nomura once again took to the stage and presented another event-exclusive PV, a rare movie of the making of Kingdom Hearts. “During development, we proceed by working on each world, and we’re moving into worlds that we cannot, at this moment, show you. I can’t present any new worlds today, so in place of that, I’ve brought some in-production footage that we normally do not make public” (Nomura).
90% of Kingdom Hearts development is done at the Osaka Studio, and 10% done in Tokyo. The contents revealed in today’s footage are from the Tokyo Studio. In this PV, we saw once again the figure of the Nobody wielding the sickle from the latest trailer. “This is the Nobody that was also in the new KHIII trailer. As to what this Nobody is, I’m sure there are fans who are aware” (Nomura). Is this connected to Marluxia!?
Other things were also introduced in this PV, such as a new location in Olympus, the heaven map; and development footage of Aqua being controlled on KH 0.2 BbS’s map. Effects have been made more splendid and lighting processing has been increased, making the appearance even richer.
“Kingdom Hearts III will have attraction flows and weapon transformations, and party member coordination is being strengthened, so I hope you’ll look forward to these” (Nomura).
King Mickey appears!
Just as we were taking in all of these updates, there was another special movie! This footage featured King Mickey and his activities from titles to date. Once the movie had ended, the King himself appeared on stage! The audience cheered as King Mickey came to the scene! King Mickey, along with Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura, left their seats and began to interact with fans. There were curtains and all, and the auditorium turned into an uproar.
There was much excitement accompanying King Mickey as he made his departure. Hashimoto made his appearance once again and said to the audience, “It is thanks to you, the fans, that [Kingdom Hearts] has been able to continue for 13 years after its release. We’ll be doing our best from here on out, so we appreciate your continued support.” The event concluded with thunderous applause from the fans.
What did you think about what the voice actors had to say? Let us know in the comments!
- Nov 08 2015 12:42 AM
- by Toominator
Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
While the information from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III has been kept pretty quiet so far, we've got some new information from the D23 event about both Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]!
Below are translations from the latest Famitsu article, which detail the Mickey Code Together event, and the new Beast's Castle world!
-KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained X
In the smart phone app game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X, which tells us about the events of the beginning of the Kingdom Hearts story, from 18:00 (JST) on 11/3, the event [Mickey Code Together] began.
If you gather event coins during the event, you can obtain [King Mickey KHII Ver] avatars, as well as strength-boosting medals. Also! In order to cheer you on your quest in [Mickey Code Together], logging in on 11/4 after 4:00 (JST) will land you a free medal! Let's take the opportunity to get all of the Mickey items!
For Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], we have confirmation of a new world: Beast's Castle!
In the PC browser game, Kingdom Hearts X, a new world will be added at last, “Beast's Castle.” The world is based on the Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, and the story development will be something worth watching. “Beast's Castle” will be available after maintenance finishes on 11/5 (JST). Please look forward to it!
You can view images from inside Beast's Castle, and the Mickey Code Together outfit below:
What do you guys think about these new additions to the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] universe?
- Nov 07 2015 11:45 PM
- by Tadaima2006
In case you've forgotten through the midst of all the recent Kingdom Hearts news, the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event is being held on November 3rd, 2015, which is just over two weeks away (as of October 15th, 2015)! We are expecting new information (most likely a new trailer according to the name "premium theater") regarding Kingdom Hearts III, in addition to possible news about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
We are assuming the event will be private, with heavy restrictions on recording devices and flash photography. That being said, we will be livetweeting information as it comes on our KH13.com Twitter account. Of course, we will be updating the site with an article as quickly as possible as we receive, interpret, and understand information we are given.
In order to commemorate the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, we will be counting down days until the event on our social media accounts by revisiting news we've received about Kingdom Hearts III for the past few years. Please be sure to follow us on social media to receive instant Kingdom Hearts news and to receive reminders about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event!
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What do you expect or want to see from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event? Let us know in the comments!
- Oct 25 2015 12:06 AM
- by Toominator
The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine features new art by Tetsuya Nomura in celebration of Dengeki PlayStation's 600th issue as well an entire special spread dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts III, and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ were featured most prominently in this special, including many screenshots as well as several comments by series director Tetsuya Nomura.
For now, we have a few tweets about the content of the special, thanks to @_ikenie
Battle with Xehanort draws to a close, his motivation for acquiring the Kingdom Hearts discussed a little
What "Kingdom Hearts" actually is won't be fully revealed until the very end of KH3. It will be discussed further than previous entries
Full translations can be found under the spoiler tag. Thanks to Kayla Copeland (email@example.com) for the translations.Spoiler
You can find all of our scans of the special Kingdom Hearts feature below:
- Oct 07 2015 10:05 PM
- by soraspromise
A new story update for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] was implemented on October 1st. Along with a new story update, the annual Halloween event for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] players has also begun, and to celebrate the announcement of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, players have received a SR+ Meow Wow card.
The story update for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] appears to reveal some interesting details. Such details include what Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, meant by having Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ not being the exact same as Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], however they are related. Master Ava, the foreteller of the Vulpes union, reveals that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is part of an opened state, in which Ephemera is conversing with the player from another dimension.
In this story update, you will fight Ava and test your skills. After 4 turns in the battle, the battle will end. You only use 1/4th of your strength during the battle.
Translations of the story update will be provided as soon as we receive them. You can check out images from the Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] maintenance update as well as the story update below.
- Oct 04 2015 11:07 AM
- by Jake
The mobile title, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has reached 1 million downloads in less than 3 weeks after it's release in Japan. This number is quite positive, and we expect even more upon the game's localization. 1,000 Jewels will be distributed to players in-game for this great accomplishment.
- Sep 21 2015 04:27 AM
- by Soravids
New Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ trailer premiered at Tokyo Game Show 2015 during Square Enix livestream
During a Tokyo Game Show livestream provided by Square Enix, a new Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ trailer premiered. This trailer featured both gameplay and cutscenes in a variety of worlds and new voiced dialogue from the character Chirithy.
Below is a video taken from the livestream, captured by News Team member Jake. The official trailer will be added as soon as it is available.
A translation of Chirithy's dialogue can also be found below, thanks to News Team member soraspromise.
This is where our story began. Based on the prophecy, the five disciples undertook missions from their master’s teachings and formed their own unions. After Heartless began to appear, they began to collect Keyblade wielders who shared their mindsets and asked them to collect the “light”.
This same dialogue can be found in the issue of Famitsu Weekly that released on September 17th, used as a description for Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover which was announced to be a part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue at SCEJA's 2015 press conference.
- Sep 19 2015 01:40 PM
- by soraspromise
On Square Enix Boutique's pre-order page for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has been confirmed for a release in France within a short description of Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.
Below is an English translation of what you will find on the site
- KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover (Video)
A brand new HD film which tells the mysterious story of Foretellers while establishing a connection with the early history of the saga, presented in the album to mobile KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ [chi], which is due out soon.
Thanks go to KH13 member Lady_Junky for the find.
- Sep 18 2015 10:07 PM
- by soraspromise
- KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover (Video)
A Guide to Understanding Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue's role in the Kingdom Hearts series
With the announcement of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue coming in 2016, it's time to go make sense of all of the announcement details along with the 3 titles within the collection. For those of you who don't know, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a collection containing Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (cinematics), and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. If you aren't familiar with the entire Kingdom Hearts series, here are the descriptions for the 3 main titles contained in the collection with it's history and stance in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD:
:Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD is an HD remaster of the original title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and was the only major game within the Kingdom Hearts series that was not included in either Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX or Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for the PlayStation 3. However, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is being remastered in HD on the PlayStation 4 as Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD within the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection. The original story of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, where Sora and Riku are summoned to take the Mark of Mastery exam, which determines who becomes the next Keyblade master. Sora and Riku are both tasked to dive into sleeping worlds and wake them from slumber, however Master Xehanort has other plans for the two as they are taking their exams.
Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover:
The next title in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection is Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover. Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is a cinematic movie in which explains the story of the original title, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. The cinematic movie will go into detail about the foretellers and the book of prophecies. Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] was originally released in 2013 on PC as a browser game, exclusively available to Japan. However a port for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], which is titled Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will allow everyone to experience the story of the original Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The story follows 5 foretellers who are sanctioned under a union, forming 5 total unions. Among the foretellers is a traitor, which has not yet been revealed. However, many have theorized who the traitor is.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-:
The third and final title in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collection is Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. In the original title, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Final Mix, there was a secret ending within the sercret episode of the game that stated a continuation of the story will be developed. Many interviews in 2011 discussed the title, which was named Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two-. It was apparent that the project was put off, however has returned as Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. Reasons for why Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two- was put off and why the title was changed is currently unknown. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- follows the events of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and continues the story on as Master Aqua. Also tied in is the events after Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in which King Mickey reveals he has some secrets to confess to Sora. According to the screenshot contained in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer, it seems apparent that the title is using the same engine as Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix has also confirmed that Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- will contribute towards the story for Kingdom Hearts III, which is the end of the Xehanort saga.
For those that don't know, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is the third HD collection in the Kingdom Hearts series, following Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX contains the original titles of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Cinematics) all remastered in HD. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains the original titles of Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematics) all remastered in HD.
What are your thoughts on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue? Do you think this will be the biggest HD collection yet? Let us know in the comments below or post on our Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue forums!
- Sep 18 2015 10:16 PM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ confirmed for release outside of Japan & NA via Australian Classification Board rating
The Australian Classification Board has rated Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ "G", for everyone. This rating, which appeared on the online database on September 3, 2015, is the first indication that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be releasing outside of Japan and North America. An Australian release is now all but confirmed, and with that we can also assume a European release. However, it is still unclear if the game will be localised into other European languages.
Thanks to KHInsider for the tip, you can see a screenshot of the game's Australian rating information below:
- Sep 15 2015 02:06 AM
- by Sora96
In the credits for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, found under settings we have noticed Success Corporation, the developers of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] were one again contracted by Square Enix to co-develop Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for iOS & Android. However, unlike Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] which was handled by Square Enix's Business Division 11, Square Enix's Business Division 3 were working on this title.
Business Division 3 is of course the Business Division where the Kingdom Hearts team is hard at work on Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix also has two other titles in development in BD3 with the 25th anniversary title for SaGa and World of Final Fantasy. Don't be confused though, these are different teams. Shinji Hashimoto is the corporate executive of Business Division 3.
- Sep 07 2015 02:28 AM
- by Sora96
[Updated] Story update on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] + Linking avatars from Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] to Unchained χ
During the last maintenance period on August 20th, it was revealed that a new story update would be implemented within Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. As of the maintenance period on September 3rd, the story was indeed updated on Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. As you go to Daybreak Town you will encounter a new scene in the game between Ephemera and one of the foretellers. Interestingly enough, it seems that the foreteller for Vulpes' name was revealed within the story update. The name appears to be "Ava". Along with the name "Ava" being revealed, a cutscene within the game shows Ephemera disappearing in the form of dandelions within your player's dream.
In the maintenance period, information on linking avatars from Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was also given. Some notes on avatar linking is only one Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ account per avatar linking. You can check out translations of the story update recorded by KH13 Archives Team member, Everglow. Translations provided by HikariM, soraspromise, and Aru Akise.
You may view images from the maintenance update below.
- Sep 21 2015 11:24 PM
- by Jake
A new development communication has been posted to the Square Enix Bridge website by Kingdom Hearts series director, Tetsuya Nomura. This communication goes into detail about the types and number of quests you will see in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, the updates they plan to make monthly, and how the story may tie into future of the Kingdom Hearts series.
Translations can be found below, thanks to goldpanner!:
KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ
-A Message From The Director-
A new Kingdom Hearts has finally begun.
An event that has been spoken of many times so far: the Keyblade War.
Players can personally experience the story leading up to it as a character in the world of KH by becoming a Keyblade Wielder in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] for PC browsers, which is currently in-service, and now in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
First, so that you may grow as a Keyblade Wielder, we have prepared 200 main quests for you.
These main quests are added every month, so please continuing to clear them and come closer to the truth about the Keyblade War.
In the preceding Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], this month we will approach a development story-wise.
We will approach that development in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ too anyway, but I think you will come even closer to the truth when the two χ's overlap.
Also, influencing the world of χ are new characters such as the Foretellers, Chirithy and Ephemera. Exactly how will they exist in the main KH series after this? This too is why I think experiencing the world of χ for yourself will allow you to enjoy the KH series even more.
We have plans to add various content in the future in order for you to enjoy a rich in variety, KH-esque game, so I hope that you will stay with us for a long journey.
The latest information is currently being announced as necessary by the people managing the official twitter. They are not answering questions, but I do recommend following them. I also appear there to give informal content, on the rare occasion.
Kingdom Hearts Series Director Tetsuya Nomura
-About Future Updates-
[About New Main Quests]
Regarding main quests, we plan to add 50 stages each month until around Jan 2016.
Even on weeks that a new main quest isn't added, we will aimi to update with things each week for everyone to enjoy, such as additional incredibly challenging event quests.
[About Content That Will Be Renewed Each Month]
The Coliseum and Raid Bosses will be renewed into new seasons at the start of each month.
Each new season will see some adjustments when it begins, so that you may push yourselves to aim higher each month and feel the joy of working together.
We still can't give details, but we are planning to add a very large function once it becomes necessary for added stages. Also, we plan to add events and avatar items that match with the season of the year.
Other than that, we aim to improve the quality of the game by adding highly-requested improved functions and features that are even more useful.
We look forward to your continued support of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
- Sep 03 2015 08:11 PM
- by soraspromise
Services for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ are now officially online for both iOS & Android devices in Japan on the Japanese Google Play Store & Apple App Store. In order to play Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ you are required to go through some steps to get passed the region lock. You can view official guides here on KH13 on how to get passed the region lock and successfully download the game. Below are linked guide articles for both Android & iOS respectively.
Along with the services being pushed online, Tetsuya Nomura has shared another drawing piece which shows a drawing of Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Chirithy. You can view the drawing below.
Have you downloaded Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ on your Android/iOS device(s)? Let us know in the comments below!
- Sep 03 2015 12:33 AM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now released in Japan! Although the game is region locked, we have found a way around the region lock so you can get the game on both iOS and Android devices. Below you will find the steps required to take in order to get the game on an iOS device.
- Open the "App Store" and scroll down to the bottom of the "Featured" page, and then click your "Apple ID" and click "View Apple ID."
- Click "Country/Region" and then "Change Country or Region." From here scroll down to the bottom of the list, click the option that says "日本" and hit next.
- Agree with the "Terms and Conditions" and then click cancel in the top left.
- Click on your Apple ID again, and select "Sign Out".
- Find the app in the "Search" tab or click here .
- Click "Get" and then it will ask you to sign in. Click the "Create New Apple ID" option and choose to register with a new e-mail address that is not attached to any Apple accounts yet.
- When it asks for you to fill out info you need to be sure to have "None" checked in payment options. The rest of the information can be whatever you wish except for the "Postal Code." This needs to be an official code and we used "1010047." Your phone number can be your own, as well.
- Agree with everything and finish the account setup. Now you should be able to enter your passcode and start installing the game!
- Sep 03 2015 01:24 AM
- by EskimoSquirrel
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has finally released in Japan for Android, and is available to see on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately however, this listing is region locked and you won't be able to download the new game this way unless you live in Japan. Not to worry, though – here are some instructions for those of you outside of Japan!
- Enable installing APKs (Android app install files) from outside of the Google Play Store. To do this, go to the "Settings" app, scroll down to "Security", and tick "Unknown sources". Click OK on the popup alert.
- On your Android device, go to http://www.apkpure.c...ee-apk-download, and in the text field input com.square_enix.android_googleplay.khuxjp
- The APK file should now download! When the download is complete, open the file and click "Install". After this installs, you are done!
- Sep 03 2015 01:12 AM
- by DChiuch